A deputy for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office died Tuesday morning from injuries sustained in a crash.
Sheriff Daron Hall said Monday that Joseph Gilmore was critically injured in a car wreck, but no other details were immediately released.
— Daron Hall (@DaronHall7) January 2, 2018
Gilmore was driving back to Nashville from Illinois after visiting family when the crash occurred.
The cause was not known at this time.
Gilmore had been with the sheriff’s office since February.
Sheriff Hall expressed his condolences on Twitter, saying in part:
"Sad to inform that we lost Officer Gilmore this morning. His injuries were too significant to overcome. By all accounts he was a fantastic officer and fantastic person. I ask that you pray for his family and colleagues. Our hearts are heavy."
Officer Gilmore will be remembered in Nashville as his body returns home to Illinois. A Celebration of Life service has been planned for Officer Gilmore at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church in the 900 block of Acklen Avenue.
"We are all still coming to terms with the death of Officer Gilmore," Hall said. "It's important for us to stop and celebrate his life and what an outstanding young man he was to so many family, friends, and colleagues."
"Great guy, I will miss you. I saw in Joseph Gilmore a father to his brother, a role model, son, a person always seeking advice, and a friend who always had a joke to tell," said Lieutenant Thomas Walker.
"Officer Gilmore was as big as life with his smile, laughter, and his contagious personality. I did not know anyone who didn't like him. He was polite, professional, and loved," said Sergeant Lionel Farley.